Friday, 27 February 2015

Album of the Month #5 | The Coronas | The Long Way


I'm not quite sure if I've been living under a rock, or that my ears haven't been pricked in the right
direction with the last while. I am forever discovering albums and songs far later than the talented folk intended me to. Nevertheless, late is better than never?

I was gravely disappointed with another album that was released earlier on in the month and I was in much need of some decant tunes to get me through the hunch. "The Long Way" was kindly given to me along with a few of others on my last day of work experience in a radio station in Dublin. I am now well over the hunch.

We've all heard of The Coronas, we all know a few of their very radio-friendly songs, but have many young'uns like myself listened to the rest of their stuff? I'll put my hand up and say that I haven't, not because I didn't want to, or don't like their work - it's just something that hasn't cropped up. That will change though, I'll make a pledge to that. So it'll be no surprise that I'm speaking of their music in this stand-alone album and not comparing it to previous records.

I'm the type of person that likes to cut to the chase, and today is no exception. In short, I love it. Every song, every melody, from start to finish. I have the God-awful habit of pressing the Skip button far too often than I care to admit - I haven't done it once in this instance. I shamelessly knew all of the lyrics after a couple of days. That should speak for itself, really. The lads are also up for Meteor's Song of the Year for All The Others, so they're obviously doing something right.

All The Others, Just Like That, Get Loose, How This Goes and maybe possibly even What a Love - will supply you for the catchy songs that will stop you in your tracks whilst brushing your teeth to jam to, You might find yourself subconsciously singing the lyrics to your loved ones down the phone. 

I'm not even being satirical or condescending, because these are things that have actually happened.

It also got me through an excruciatingly long essay on Elizabeth Bishop this week.

The album-titled track The Long Way, is a game changer in the middle of the album, there's definitely something Snow Patrol-esque about it, but almost better. Silence That Scares Me Now, At The Same Time and Tell Me Again will definitely leave you wondering what happened in the background to inspire Danny O'Reilly and his band mates to put together these songs.

The strongest point to this album is undoubtedly the way each song builds, curves and shapes throughout, how it sounds, and also the ability to differentiate between the tracks. Far too often lately tracks played one after the other begin to sound like one 45 minute, long-winded saga of a song. But you'll be glad to know that this doesn't happen here.

So do I think you should give it a listen? You bet your bottom dollar I do. There's going to be a direct Spotify widget on the right hand side as always for the month of March.

What have you been listening to this month?

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